Big Bad Cheney n' The Neocons have dreamed lustfully of war and spies and torture since the birth of PNAC. Or maybe even before that. It's like they all had their asses kicked in 5th grade by the football team, - or bikers, cowboys, greasers, nuns, chicks, take your pick - and they've been trying to reassert their manhood ever since. Most grade-school weaklings start lifting weights or take Karate lessons so that nobody will be able to kick their asses again, but these boys didn't have the initiative, commitment or cojones for that. They just turned into little bullying chicken hawks, messing with people indirectly, secretly manipulating others to get what they want, and punishing anybody who gets in their way. All the while, they're snickering, like Jon Stewart imitating Bush Jr. heh heh heh
What a rush to thumb your nose at the United Nations and start your own global war, convinced that God Hisself tol' you to do it. You're a firebrand, the chosen one, the Jesus who won't get crucified. What a rush to push the bomb button, to command the military of a world power, to fire generals who don't agree with you, to put on a flight suit and oversized penis protector and pretend to land a jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Woo-freakin'-hoo.
And when you've done all of that? When you own the world? Torture is just icing on the cake. A warm wet dream waiting and grinning like a cheshire cat in the fetid darkness of sick and twisted minds.
But you can't do all of this sexy stuff alone. You have to have fellow pervs. You have to have minions (Scooter Libby) and concubines (Ann Coulter). And you must, above all, control, or at least anesthetize, the media. This is the height of indirect manipulation. Controlling the media means controlling the message. How else do you keep your distance from the hoi polloi? Maintain your unsullied christian-ocity? How else do you keep the ignorant masses...well...ignorant? You have Rupert Murdoch and FOX broadcasting company as your personal media mouthpiece. That's how. You also have Kevin Martin heading up the FCC to make sure that your pal Rupert can buy up as much of American media as he can get his greedy paws upon. You also try and shut down Al Jazeera, and when that fails you kill their reporters or cameramen, and when that doesn't do the job, well you get your other media partners in American cable TV land to ban Al Jazeera.
But, because you're still a fucking idiot, you forget about the InterTubes and the fact that Americans can stream Al Jazeera live , or subscribe to Al Jazeera's channel on YouTube . Nah nah nah nah naaaah naaaah. Or, heh heh heh.
Enter Jackoff Bauer and the perfectly-named TV show, "24." Why is that perfect? Because it's a favorite neocon trope to ask the "ticking time bomb" question, "What if there was a nuclear bomb, set to go off in 24 hours, and you have the only guy who knows where it is, and how to disarm it, in your custody. Don't you HAVE to torture him?" And the odds of that specific scenario happening are....one in a zillion? And it's been proven time and again, even recently during the Iraq war, that torture isn't an effective means for interrogation. In plain English, this means that you don't get valid information from torture. Even Bob Cochran, who created "24" with Joel Surnow, admitted, “Most terrorism experts will tell you that the ‘ticking time bomb’ situation never occurs in real life, or very rarely. But on our show it happens every week.”
It doesn't matter. If you can get the media to ask that question 300 times, then it becomes truth, just by virtue of repetition. The question takes on even more truthiness when Tim Russert asks it of all the Democratic contenders in the 2008 primary debate.
Jack Bauer's brand of torture, in all it's sweaty lustiness, by virtue of 6 seasons of televised repetition, has hardened into an unfortunate truth in the minds of US soldiers, both the military kind, and the soldier-of-fortune Blackwater private paramilitary kind. It's become such a problem, that US military educators tried to stop or change the show's format, to no avail. You see, malleable young boy minds were going off to war and using torture techniques they learned from a freaking TV show, instead of following their training.
Lots of people die in "24." There's enough fear mongering in one episode to make you do a double-take at any bearded brown person you encounter. But of course, that's the whole idea! All of that death aids and abets the Neocons in their promotion of the sexy, never-ending, completely fictitious, War On Terror.
Well, here's some reality for you. HumanRightsFirst.org asked us to post this video , on the eve of the beginning of the 7th season of "24":
"Human Rights First — helped by donations from hundreds of our supporters — developed a training film that we provided to more than 1,200 military educators. The 15-minute film weaves together scenes from the program with the words of real world interrogators who explain that Bauer's tactics would never work in the field. The film is in use at a variety of facilities ranging from ROTC classrooms to classes at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point."This video is the first part of two videos (here's a link to part 2), and both are worth watching. Please do so, and then, please pass them on.
Oh, and meanwhile, the producers of "24" have started on a new disinformation campaign. They're going to masquerade as environmentalists so they can talk us into "alternative" fuels. Check out this quote fom the "24" Sean Hillinger (one of the characters?) Wiki page :
Measures will be taken during filming and production of season 7 to save energy and reduce enough carbon emissions throughout the season to make the season finale "carbon neutral". Howard Gordon said that 24 cares about the issue of global warming and takes fighting climate change seriously. A number of ways that the production intends to save energy are listed on the site, some of which are: using a combination of petroleum diesel and biodiesel instead of regular diesel fuel, creating a series of PSAs with Kiefer Sutherland and other main cast members to educate the public on what they can do to help with the issue, and, when appropriate, applying the issue of global warming and reducing carbon emissions to the storylines.
So, now the rock-hard torturers are tree huggers? Give me a break. What the fuck is "petroleum diesel?" How is anything that's made from petroleum considered an alternative...to petroleum? Just lovin' that propaganda. Just lovin' it.